Artificial Tongue Detects Counterfeit Whisky

Designed to taste the subtle differences between whiskies—and ultimately detect counterfeit products—the University of Glasgow’s “artificial tongue” uses sub-microscopic slices of aluminum and gold as tastebuds. A checkerboard of these “buds” absorb light differently when in contact with different whiskies. They can identify individual liquids with 99% accuracy. As Slash Gear reports, this technology can also be used “in food safety testing, quality control, security, …

Cool Hunting Video: NYC Taxi of Tomorrow

A cruise around town in NYC's brand new taxicab

Fulfilling a lifelong dream, we recently hit the streets in a brand new NYC Taxi from Nissan. While getting angry looks from disgruntled potential passengers as we flew by (with our available light on) we had a great time checking out all the new features in the forward-thinking vehicle. The NV200 is the first ever NYC taxi designed from the ground up to be a …

Cool Hunting Video: Cannatest

A cannabis testing facility at the forefront of a rapidly growing industry

On a recent trip to Seattle, CH spent some time exploring the flourishing cannabis culture in the city, beginning with the NW Cannabis Market. While that gave us a unique perspective on the distribution of medical marijuana, we also wanted to learn about some of the new services and technologies surrounding this fledgling industry. We spent a day at Cannatest, a company that offers cannabis …